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AASD Weekly Update 6/1/2023


  • RECIPIENTS FOR HOMEWORK BAGS FOR TK/KINDERS ANNOUNCED.  Congratulations to the following two schools who will be receiving “homework bags” for all incoming TK and Kindergarten students.  The bags of homework supplies will be delivered in time for the opening of the 2023-2024 school year.  The funding for the bags comes from the interest earned from our AASD investment account.

    2023 Recipients are:
    Perry Elementary, Principal Micheline Morales
    Vista Grande Elementary, Principal Nikki Mitchell 

    RSVP now for the AASD Summerfest end-of- the year party.  Not only will you have a great time, but we will also be recognizing our AASD Distinguished Leaders and new Retirees. Summerfest is 
    Friday, June 23, 5:00 to 10:00 PM at Marina Village, Baja Room.  This event is free for all AASD Members in Good Standing, AASD Affiliate Members, and AASD Retired Members.  Our theme this year is Western – wear your jeans and cowboy/cowgirl duds!  

    We have planned a plated, sit-down BBQ-themed dinner!  We will be taking the required RSVP electronically via the link below.

    RSVPs are due by June 9.  There is no payment required for Members in Good Standing, Retired Members and Affiliate Members.  Payment of $75 for Guests is required in advance and is due by June 9.
    Please click the link below to RSVP and to make your selection for dinner.  You will select ONE of the following four options:
    • BBQ Beef Kabob
    • Honey Chicken Kabob
    • Lemon Herb Garlic Shrimp Kabob
    • Herb Vegetable Kabob (Vegetarian/Vegan option)
  • All dinners include salad and sides detailed on the flyer.  Assorted Mini Desserts will be served.  The included beverages are coffee, iced tea, lemonade, assorted sodas, beer, sangria, and wine.

    Come join your AASD colleagues and friends for a great time!  The evening will include honoring our AASD Distinguished Leaders and our AASD Retirees, music and dancing, and many door prizes!  For more detailed information, click here for the

  • BARGAINING UPDATE.  Our next scheduled bargaining session is June 7.  We are now ready to rock and roll!
  • AASD SUPPORTS OUR MEMBERS.  Read below for an example of how AASD serves our members.

    For AASD Certificated Members in Good Standing – If a member applies for a position within the AASD unit, interviews and does not get the position, the district must provide AASD with the reasons why the member was not selected.  If you apply for a position and are not selected, you may contact the AASD Executive Director, Donis Coronel, who will share the feedback with you.

    This is another example of what AASD does to support our members.  If you need assistance from AASD, please contact the office at 619-295-2118 or e-mail the Executive Director, Donis Coronel, at

    It is crunch time for our state legislature as tomorrow, June 2, is the deadline for Senate bills to be out of the Senate side of the house and sent to the Assembly. The Assembly has the same deadline to get their bills moved to the Senate.
    Our LAPA Committee has been busy monitoring legislative bills that will affect our members and is making recommendations to our Board of Directors.  At the last AASD Board meeting, LAPA recommended remaining neutral on Senate Bill 274, which removes the ability to suspend for Willful Defiance an option for suspension. The recommendation was made due to that specific section not currently being used by SDUSD; therefore, it would not affect our members or students. The Board agreed to remain neutral.
    Our next LAPA Committee meeting will be on June 7th at 4 pm, where we will discuss bills pertaining to mandating pay raises for all school employees, as high as 30%, and make the appropriate recommendation to our Board of Directors.  As always, our
    AASD Bill Chart is available for our members to view, and we welcome your feedback. Next week we will report the current status of all our bills once the June 2nd deadline has passed.

    AASD has been asked to publish the job postings in our Weekly Update.  AASD also suggests that all applicants (classified and certificated) mark their calendars to check weekly for new job postings each Monday.  This way, you will not miss out on a posting you might be interested in (as all jobs in the AASD unit must be posted for 10 days). 

    AASD-Represented CERTIFICATED Job Postings 

    Associate Principal, Split Assignment, Marvin/Tierrasanta Elem, Closes 6/10
    Associate Principal, Split Assignment, Bay Park/Curie Elem, Closes 6/10
    Principal, Franklin Elementary, Closes 6/10
    Principal, Dana Middle, Closes 6/10
    Principal, Jerabek Elementary, Closes 6/10
    Associate Principal, EB Scripps, Closes 6/10 

    AASD-Represented CLASSIFIED Job Postings
    None at this time.
    When members wish to show their gratitude for other district staff, please contact Donis Coronel at and AASD will publish that message of gratitude in the next Weekly Update. 
    AASD acknowledges deaths of our members, retirees, or their immediate family members via the Weekly Update.  If you have information on a death to be reported in the AASD Weekly Update, please contact any of the staff at the AASD office with the information.  We appreciate your help with this – we don’t always know right away when a death has occurred or the information on services.

    Last week, we reported the passing of Grace DeSimone, the mother of Mary Johnson, Program Manager, Program Monitoring, NCLBB/ESSA Private School Services. 

    Information about the Memorial Service is as follows:
            DATE:  Saturday, June 17, 2023
            TIME:  10:00 AM
            LOCATION:  La Mesa First United Methodist Church
                                  4690 Palm Avenue, La Mesa 91941
    A reception will follow. Please come if you are able and would like to honor Mary’s mom.

    This information has also been added to the obituary at the following link...
  • ESTATE PLANNING – DISCOUNT FOR AASD MEMBERS!  AASD has a partnership with Greg Runge, Estate Planning Attorney.  Greg has over 12 years of experience practicing in the areas of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance health care directives.  He has been providing this service to our members for many years.  In addition to his legal work, Greg is also a Lieutenant with a local police department, where he is in his 22nd year of service as a sworn officer. As a public employee, Greg is very aware of the unique estate planning issues that can come into play with our members. Greg has focused his legal practice on providing essential estate planning services to public employees and their families at an affordable rate.  This benefit is available to all AASD Members in Good Standing, AASD Affiliate Members and AASD Retired Members. 
    Greg is offering this service to our members for a flat fee of $950, which is 50% off the going rate for estate planning (more complex or very large estates may require a higher fee that would be individually negotiated with the member).

    To contact Greg Runge, please e-mail or call (858) 395-4011 and be sure to mention you are an AASD member, so you receive the discounted rate.

    Office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday.  We ask that you call the office before visiting to ensure that a staff member is in the office and not offsite at an appointment, running work-related errands, or at lunch.  To check in before visiting, the office phone number is 619-295-2118.

    The AASD Weekly Update will continue as usual on Thursdays with important news and information for AASD members. 
  • MEMBERSHIP IN THE ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS (ACSA).  ACSA is a statewide organization for school leaders, serving more than 17,000 California educators and administrators in 19 regions throughout California, each made up of local charters.  ACSA’s Mission:  The Association of California School Administrators is the driving force for an equitable, world-class education system, and the development and support of inspired educational leaders who meet the diverse needs of all California students.  Visit ACSA's website at for more information about this organization.

    Deborah Burke is our Region 18 ACSA Membership Services Representative. She is local and your completed membership applications can be sent directly to her. By completing your application and signing it, then scanning and attaching it to an email to Deborah, you will expedite the processing of your application. If you have any questions about ACSA, cost, benefits, opportunities, etc., please reach out to Deborah at or at (619) 504-3512.

    The following types of ACSA membership are available, as applicable, to people in San Diego Unified/AASD.  All memberships can be paid by payroll deduction, personal check, or Mastercard/VISA.  The following are descriptions of each type of application.

    Click here for application.
    $1/day ($30.42/month) for remainder of the current school year. Dues are prorated after July 1. Member may choose to be a Regular Member with full benefits or be a Consolidated Member, without legal support, but can contact advocates for limited consultation. Standard dues begin July 1 of their second year of membership.
    ASSOCIATE Membership: (associate on cover – with Business Reply Mail cover)
    $250/year and prorated for new members joining after July 1.  Can be paid by check (full amount), Payroll deduction (3 equal installments of $83.33; not offered after September), or VISA/Mastercard (full payment).  
    Click here for application.
    RETIRED Membership: (2 types)  
    Click here for application.
    Emeritus Lifetime - $700 (a one-time fee). May be paid in (3 equal installments of $233.34 (not offered after September), via Master Card/VISA (full payment), or via a personal (full payment) check.
    Full Regular - $125/year paid via a monthly deduction from member’s STRS pension via a payroll deduction, or Master Card/VISA (full payment), or a personal check (full payment).

    If you wish to use ACSA's online application process to join, click here for the 
    “Steps for Joining ACSA.” 

  • DISCOUNT MOVIE TICKETS.  AASD has both AMC and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal/Edwards/UA) movie passes available to members in good standing, affiliate and retired members.  Regal tickets are $9.00 each. These passes have no expiration date and are unrestricted, so they can be used any time and for newly-released movies.  

    The AMC tickets are $10.25 each, have no expiration date, and do not have any restrictions.  Contact AASD to purchase tickets or if you have any questions.

    Placing and fulfilling an order can be done via phone, email and U.S. mail.  Please contact Linda Crout-Hamel at the AASD Office if you are interested.

  • IMPORTANT - PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS.  AASD communicates with members via  personal e-mail address.  We do not communicate via ""  If you know of a colleague that is not receiving the Update, or if your personal email address changes, please remember to notify AASD by e-mailing Linda Crout-Hamel at 
    AFSA membership is provided to all AASD Members in Good Standing at no additional cost. For more information regarding AFSA and Union Plus benefits, please visit their website:

    IMPORTANTFor Members in Good Standing and Affiliate Members who have added AFSA  --  If you have not turned in the “Combined AFSA Benefits Information Form,” please submit the form immediately.  This form must be submitted in order to be eligible for the professional liability, legal services, etc.  You do not need to list your full social security number on the form; however, AFSA has requested that you provide at least the last four digits.  For a copy of the form, click here

    For all our Members in Good Standing, and Affiliates and Retirees who have selected to be members of AFSA, there are many money-saving programs offered to you.  Click here to review your many options!
  • IMPORTANT – ELECTRONIC LINK AVAILABLE!  FILL OUT YOUR AASD MEMBERSHIP RECOMMITMENT FORM NOW!  This information pertains to current AASD members who were AASD members prior to June 28, 2018.  It does NOT apply to Affiliate members or Retired members.  Many have asked how to “re-join” AASD in light of the Supreme Court Decision, Janus v. AFSCME.  If you were an AASD member on June 27, 2018, per the Decision, you automatically stayed as an AASD "Member in Good Standing" and will remain so.  However, we are asking all AASD members to re-commit to AASD by completing the Google form (link below). This re-confirms your AASD membership and ensures that you have access to the benefits of being an AASD member – legal representation, AASD representation, discounted services, scholarships for your children, professional development reimbursements, etc. 

    Some of you have already filled out the new membership form over the past year – if so, it is not necessary to complete it again.  If you have any questions regarding the re-commitment form, please contact the AASD office at 619-295-2118 or e-mail one of the AASD staff members for assistance.  Thank you in advance for your commitment to our Union – AASD. 

    To review the benefits of being an AASD member, please Click here. 

  • AASD COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS ARE POSTED ON THE AASD WEBSITE.  The collective bargaining agreements (contracts) for the AASD classified unit and the AASD certificated unit are posted on the AASD website.  The District no longer provides a hard copy to AASD members.  You are welcome to view the contracts on our website and feel free to print a copy, if you wish. To view the contracts, visit the AASD website at and click on Governance/Contracts or Collective Bargaining/Contracts.
  • AASD WEBSITE.  Click here  to view our website.  The website is kept up-to-date and current for all of our members (members in good standing, retirees and affiliate members).  Visit the website to view the AASD calendar and for forms and information on our Union, as well as discounts for members.
  • AASD PROFESSIONAL GROWTH GRANT.  The Administrators Association San Diego City Schools (AASD), in conjunction with the San Diego Unified School District, provides financial grants to members to assist them in their professional growth. Unit members who participate in professional development activities related to job-connected skills or potential careers with the District may qualify to have the cost of registration fees defrayed by available funds up to $100. This includes ACSA-sponsored Academies, Conferences and Institutes. Click here  for more details. 
    Executive Director, Donis Coronel --   619-813-8792
    Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel --   619-861-2701
    Office/Membership Clerk, Patti Burch --  


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